14 October 2007

The glory of a Testament

Hi, folks. Pieter here again . . . with a message of grace.

"Life is a Song. Sing it!"
Sometimes, when we read the bible, we miss the real message. Take the following passage from Jeremiah for example. Nothing in this passage should give us any hope or any reason for happiness. Yet, when we dig deeper, the truth it reveals is profound!
"The officials of Judah and of Jerusalem, together with the palace officials, the priests, and all the leaders, made a covenant with me by walking between the two halves of a bull that they had cut in two. But they broke the covenant and did not keep its terms. So I will do to these people what they did to the bull. I will hand them over to their enemies, who want to kill them, and their corpses will be eaten by birds and wild animals. "(Jer 34:18-20)
This passage is clear about what happens when we break God's covenant. The law of God is without mercy!
However, this does not mean that God is without mercy. Even while the punishment for breaking this covenant was meted out, there was also another covenant active.
Enters Abraham, the father of faith....... God had set up the same covenant with him.
Abram brought the animals to God, cut them in half, and placed the halves opposite each other in two rows; but he did not cut up the birds. (Gen 15:10)
But God had a trick up his sleeve.... First he put Abraham to sleep.
When the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. (Gen 15:12)
Then God took Abraham's place between the offerings.
When the sun had set and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch suddenly appeared and passed between the pieces of the animals. Then and there the LORD made a covenant with Abram. (Gen 15:17-18)
So when the time came for punishment for the breaking of this covenant, God took it upon Himself.
For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. (Rom 5:6)
Not only did He die on our behalf, he even left us a Testament!
For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. (Heb 9:16 AV)
And everyone through faith can inherit the promises to Abraham.
And so the promise was based on faith, in order that the promise should be guaranteed as God's free gift to all of Abraham's descendants---not just to those who obey the Law, but also to those who believe as Abraham did. For Abraham is the spiritual father of us all; (Rom 4:16)
Abraham, as father of faith, demonstrates the process, the route we must take to inherit.
And this process is all based on the interpretation of the Tabernacle of Moses as a type of Christ.

If you are going to follow this blog and continue the journey to your divine destiny by following God's process for His purpose in your life, you should believe in the process. It is real, and I will prove it to you.
Until next time....
Pieter de Waal

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